Ardennes landscape © Annie Nickels-Theis
With their majestic landscapes that alternate between scenic highlands and winding valleys, the Luxembourg Ardennes offer an exceptional natural experience. Any number of hiking and cycling trails enable enthusiastic visitors to preamble through the forests and picturesque villages. Also known as Éisleck or Oesling, the North of Luxembourg is home to some of the best maintained medieval remains that alights this region.
Castles in the Ardennes
One will find perfectly preserved or carefully restored ruins and fortifications that narrate the medieval history of the Luxembourg Ardennes. The imposing castles of Vianden, Bourscheid or Esch-sur-Sûre are living witnesses of the medieval past of the country. Moreover, every year, traditional markets and medieval festivals are reviving this fascinating time of lords and knights. Finally, performances and outdoor concerts attest to the cultural richness of the Bulge.
Natural Parks of the Ardennes
It is also in the North of Luxembourg that you'll find two largest nature reserves in the country: the Naturpark Our and the Naturpark Öewersauer. In addition to their function of protecting natural resources, the Ardennes parks are host to some of the most delicious local products in the Grand Duchy. Such delicacies include herbs, oils, teas and cereals "Vum Séi" or products from the microbreweries "Brasserie Ourdaller" and "Den Heischter." Perfect as a little gift basket or for a picnic in the surrounding forests.
Active holidays and sports
Nature lovers will find ample sources to quench their thirst for wilderness in the Luxembourg Ardennes. Hike along the length of the Sûre, the Wark or the Alzette, where rock formations and sculpted landscapes are never the same. The marked trails through the Ardennes are also among the most beautiful in the country. For sportspeople of mind, parks dedicated to Nordic Walking or mountain biking through the Ardennes allow for a faster pace.